Sen. Paul: ‘Affront’ for Pelosi to Demand SOTU Delay
By Sandy Fitzgerald
It is an “affront” to President Donald Trump and his office for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ask him to postpone the State of the Union address until after the government shutdown ends, Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday.
“My suggestion to Sen. [Mitch] McConnell would be to invite him to the Senate,” the Kentucky Republican told Fox Business’ “Mornings With Maria.”
The Senate, however, has just 100 individual seats, but with the Gallery open, the House members attending could be accommodated, Paul said, but at the same time, it’s not Pelosi’s place to say who speaks in the House, as it’s “the people’s House,” not hers.
“I don’t really think one party should get to decide, ‘oh, because we don’t like the president of the opposite party, we’re not going to have (the speech),'” said Paul, “That is basically what she is saying.”
Paul on Thursday also discussed, on both Fox Business and “Fox & Friends“, his idea for stopping future shutdowns.
“It’s called the Shutdown Prevention Act,” said Paul. “What it does is this: if Congress has not passed their appropriation bills on time and the government’s going to shut down, the money keeps being spent, but at a one percent cut across the board for everything.
“If in 90 days they haven’t done their job and passed the spending bills, it’s cut to 98 percent. You cut one percent every 90 days, and that’s the hammer.”
He said if Democrats refuse to vote for his bill, it shows they aren’t serious about ending the current shutdown or preventing further ones.